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M: Maternity/Paternity Leave

Paid family leave combats poverty, gives children a healthy start, and lowers the wage gap between women and men by providing structural support to balance work and family.

Selena's Story

Selena's baby boy, Connor, was born six weeks early. As Connor was rushed to the Neonatal Intensive Care unit, Selena found herself alone in a hospital bed realizing that she was going to go home well before her baby. "There was no way we could afford for me to take off more than we planned,” recalls Selena. So after Selena had the baby on Thursday, she was released from the hospital Friday, and was back at her desk on Monday morning. “It was the hardest two and a half weeks of my life,” she says recalling the ache of being away from her newborn son.

Click here to watch a segment of the Motherhood Manifesto documentary to learn more about Selena's story and why we all need access to paid family and medical leave.


Know the Facts

  • Right now only 13 (!!!) percent of Americans have access to paid family leave through their employer and only 37% have personal medical leave provided through an employer.
  • Although the current Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows some employees to take up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave, it only covers about 60 percent of employees.
  • A quarter of all poverty spells in the United States are because of having a baby.
  • The U.S is one of the only countries in the world that doesn't offer paid leave to new mothers.
  • Paid family leave has been shown to reduce infant mortality by as much as 20% (and the U.S. ranks a low 37th of all countries in infant mortality).
  • Paid leave improves worker retention, which saves employers money through reduced turnover cost.


What You Can Do

MomsBlogging on Maternity & Paternity Leave

RSVP: Family Playdate & Action for Paid Family Leave!

Posted January 19, 2016 by Sara Alcid

Roses are red. Violets are blue. Paid family leave is needed. And so are you!   Love for paid leave is in the air! Can you feel it? Washington, DC could be the next place to pass paid family and medical leave. Sixteen weeks of paid leave, to boot. In fact, we're closer than ever [...]

#NHPrimaryConcerns - join the conversation

Posted January 7, 2016 by Christina D'Allesandro

New Hampshire gets a lot of attention these days, with so many candidates running around the state it is hard to avoid the hordes of media that are hot on their tails.  However, I ask you this - Are they talking about what you are interested in? Every Child Matters and MomsRising want to make [...]

Moms Meetups coming your way in 2016!

Posted January 6, 2016 by Nina Perez

It’s the New Year and we've got a new experiment we'd like to do with you (yes, you!). We've had a ton of requests recently to have a way for our members to gather together in-person, offline, in a regular way to talk about important current topics and hang out with other cool, secret superhero [...]

I almost died in childbirth. Then I was fired.

Posted December 20, 2015 by Kristin

This is the story of Danelle, a MomsRising volunteer whose personal story clearly shows how much we need a national paid family leave program. Please read it and join us to make a difference for Danelle and all families! ~The editors *** My name is Danelle and I’m a MomsRising volunteer. I am proof that [...]

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